PHL joins Australia-led international air defence exercise

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The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is participating in Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)-led international air defence exercise Pitch Black which kicked off July 27 and will end on August 17.

“More than 4000 personnel and 140 aircraft from Canada, France, New Caledonia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand and the United States will take part in the exercise from today until 17 August,” RAAF said.

“The exercise will be conducted in northern Australia from today until 17 August, with forces predominantly based at RAAF Darwin and RAAF Tindal and a forward operating base at Batchelor Aerodrome,” Air Commander Australia Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Steve Roberton said.

“Pitch Black is a large-scale operational collective training activity that includes fast jets, transport and other aircraft in a multi-national coalition environment,” Roberton added. “The exercise will include day and night flying and will be undertaken with consideration given to minimise the impact on the local community and the environment.”

According to RAAF, aircraft participating in the exercise are from Australia, Canada, France, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and United States.

Sources: https://www.airforce.gov.au/news-and-events/news/exercise-pitch-black-18-takes-top-end; https://www.airforce.gov.au/exercises/Pitch-Black/participating-aircraft; http://www.pacaf.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1582077/pitch-black-to-take-off-in-australia/